Monday, June 27, 2011
Academy grab 3rd place
The Phnom Penh Crown Academy boys returned to the capital at lunchtime today, fresh from their first-ever overseas trip, and in the full glare of the television cameras from Bayon TV. The youngsters ended their involvement in the Singapore Soccer Sixes Youth Charity Tournament in 3rd place with a 2-0 win in Sunday's play-offs against Rumah Faith from Malaysia with two goals from Ken Chansopheak. It was an exciting weekend for the Academy squad of eleven players, who arrived in Singapore on Thursday evening, played five games on Friday, visited Singapore Zoo and Sentosa Island on Saturday, enjoyed a soccer clinic with ex Man Utd striker Andy Cole and then went onto grab 3rd place yesterday afternoon. Hectic but thoroughly enjoyable. The organizers reported that the boys gave a technical display of football well beyond their years that was the talking point of the weekend amongst the fans, which speaks volumes for the Academy boys and their coaches. The Academy got off to a flying start in Friday's matches, recording a 5-0 win over Darul Ihsan Boys from Singapore (Pov Bunvuthy, Soun Neout, Sath Rozak and two from Mat Savary) and a 4-0 success against Bangladesh's Street Children's Partners (Yue Muslim, En Sodavid and two from Soun Neout, pictured above). A shut-out against Youth Football Home from Thailand, going down 2-0 was a set-back and two more close matches, both ended in defeats for the Academy. They lost 2-1 to Rumah Faith (Malaysia) with Phoeurn Sopheak netting, and then went down 3-2 to the eventual competition winners, Bali Sports Foundation from Indonesia, with Sopheak and En Sodavid scoring for PPC. Their 2-0 revenge win over Rumah Faith on Sunday made sure of third place and a memorable end to their first taste of international football. More from the Academy boys later.